Programme & Abstract Book:


All plenary lectures and talks will be presented in the room 'Mała Aula' (1st floor).
The posters will be displayed in the hall on the 1st floor (between 'Mała Aula' and room Z2).

Day 1: 2016-09-11

16:00-19:00 Registration

19:00-19:15 Agnieszka Ludwików: Dean's welcome

19:15-19:45 Sara Churchfield & Joseph Merritt: Opening speech

19:45-21:00 Welcome party

Day 2: 2016-09-12

08:00-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:40 Jeremy Searle: Plenary 1 - Shrews, chromosomes and speciation

09:40-09:50 Short break

Session 1 - Chromosomal & molecular diversity

Chair: Dina Dechmann

    09:50-10:10 Nikolay Shchipanov: The common shrew story in Russia: postglacial recolonization of the area and current distribution of chromosomal races

    10:10-10:30 Jan M. Wójcik: New data on the phylogeography of the pygmy shrew (Sorex minutus) from Poland and Ukraine support a widespread lineage in Europe

    10:30-10:50 Hasmahzaiti Omar: Genetic relationships of the house shrew in Peninsular Malaysia inferred from cytochrome b sequences

    10:50-11:10 Andrew Hope: Genetic diversity, endoparasite richness, and co-evolutionary history of the endemic Pribilof Islands shrew (Sorex pribilofensis)

11:10-11:40 Long coffee break

Session 2 - Morphological diversity & paleobiology

Chair: Joseph Merritt

    11:40-12:00 Alina Mishta: The role of skull and mandible shape in intra- and interspecific differentiation of Neomys (MAMMALIA: Eulipotyphla): first results

    12:00-12:20 Moritz Hertel: Seasonal bone dynamics in shrews (Soricidae)

    12:20-12:40 Javier Lazaro: Seasonal individual shrinking and regrowth of the braincase in recaptured common shrews

    12:40-13:00 Marc Furió: New data on the Plio-Pleistocene extinction of shrews in Europe

    13:00-13:20 Raquel Moya Costa: Paleobiology of the shrews of the Early-Middle Pleistocene of Gran Dolina site (Burgos, Spain)

13:20-14:20 Lunch

14:20-15:00 Satoshi Ohdachi: Plenary 2 - Phylogeography of a wide-ranged shrew (Sorex minutissimus - S. yukonicus complex) in the holarctic region and a species endemic to Japan (Crocidura dsinezumi)

Session 3 - Phylogeography & zoogeography

Chair: Maria da Luz Mathias

    15:00-15:20 Violaine Nicolas Colin: Phylogeography and evolutionary history of the Crocidura hildegardae complex (Mammalia, Soricomorpha)

    15:20-15:40 Joaquim Torres Tapisso: Integrating phylogeography and niche modelling to unveil the spatio-temporal distribution pattern of the Mediterranean water shrew (Neomys anomalus)

    15:40-16:00 Alina Mishta: Bioclimatic modelling of the distribution of three Neomys species in Eurasia

    16:00-16:20 Sirma Asenova Zidarova: Craniometric variability of common species of shrews (Soricidae: Crocidura, Neomys, Sorex): comparison between central and southeast Europe

16:20-16:40 Short coffe break

16:40-17:40 Round table 1 - Diversity, evolution & phylogeography of shrews

Leaders: J. Searle & S. Ohdachi

17:40-19:10 Poster session 1 (20 posters)

Day 3: 2016-09-13

09:00-09:40 Dina Dechmann: Plenary 3 - Evolution of Dehnel’s Phenomenon

09:40-09:50 Short break

Session 4 - Ecology & physiology

Chair: Maria da Luz Mathias

    09:50-10:10 Saikat Ray: Understanding the smallest mammalian brain

    10:10-10:30 Paul Schaeffer: Daily patterns of energy metabolism in Sorex araneus

    10:30-10:50 Joseph Merritt: Social thermoregulation in least shrews (Cryptotis parva)

    10:50-11:10 Krzysztof Kowalski: Toxic activity of venom of the water shrew Neomys fodiens

11:10-11:40 Long coffee break

Session 5 - Ecology

Chair: Sara Churchfield

    11:40-12:00 Allan McDevitt: The untamed shrew: origins, impacts and evolution of the invading greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula) population in Ireland

    12:00-12:20 Leszek Rychlik: Factors influencing population sizes and overlap of trophic niches of water shrews, Neomys anomalus and N. fodiens

    12:20-12:40 Boris Sheftel: Collapse of cyclic dynamics and changes in structure of shrew communities in central Siberia. Analysis of 40 years observations

    12:40-13:00 Yakov Volpert: Population adaptations of the shrews (Insectivora, Soricidae) on the Northern periphery of the range

    13:00-13:20 Nadezhda Poddubnaia: Shrews in the diet of carnivorous birds and mammals

13:20-14:20 Lunch

14:20-15:00 Nikolay Shchipanov: Plenary 4 - Ecological and behavioral studies of shrews in Russia. Past decade

Session 6 - Ecology & behaviour

Chair: Sara Churchfield

    15:00-15:20 Sophie von Merten: Better be bold? The relationship between life-history strategy and personality differences in European shrew species

    15:20-15:40 Paweł Kardynia: The influence of body size, metabolic rate and foraging strategy on seasonal changes in food hoarding and consumption: interspecific differences among shrews

    15:40-16:00 Flávio Oliveira: Do shrews use daily torpor to reduce risk exposure?

    16:00-16:20 Hiroaki Saito: Can non-semi-aquatic Soricidae species swim and/or dive?

    16:20-16:40 Dieter Köhler: Diving in the Eurasian water shrew (Neomys fodiens)

16:40-17:00 Short coffee break

17:00-18:00 Round table 2 - Ecology, behaviour & physiology of shrews

Leaders: D. Dechman & N. Shchipanov

18:00-19:00 Poster session 2 (20 posters)

20:00-22:00 Banquet

Day 4: 2016-09-14

09:00-09:30 Vasyl Tkach: Plenary 5 - Evolution of hymenolepidid cestodes of insectivores: a history of host switching and geographic expansion

Session 7 - Parasites & diseases

Chair: Leszek Rychlik

    09:30-09:50 Subha Bhassu: Transcriptomics of Filarial infected shrew: Insights on transcriptional level

    09:50-10:10 Tomáš Tyml: Parasites of European shrews: cnidarians thrive in livers of terrestrial mammals

    10:10-10:30 Short coffee break

    10:30-10:50 Rasa Binkienė: Helminthes fauna of the common shrew (Sorex araneus) in Baltic states

    10:50-11:10 Bob K. Rose: Shrews (Blarina spp.) and the Lyme disease cycle: exploring their role as a reservoir host for Borrelia burgdorferi in southeastern Virginia, USA.

11:10-11:50 Round table 3 - Parasites & diseases

Leaders: V. Tkach & R.K. Rose

11:50-12:00 Leszek Rychlik & Host of the next Colloquim: Closing speech

12:15-13:15 Lunch

14:00- Depart for excursion


Browett S, McDevitt A: Invasions and extinctions in real-time: determining the causes of the local extinction of the pygmy shrew in the face of the invading greater white-toothed shrew in Ireland

Dokulilová M, Suchomel J: Influence of vertical gradient of environment on the abundance of common shrews (Sorex araneus) in relation to forest habitats

Fadeeva T: Morphotypical variability of the lower teeth of Sorex shrews (Lipotyphla, Soricidae)

Gu S H, Hejduk J, Markowski J, Kang H J, Markowski M, Połatyńska M, Sikorska B, Liberski P P, Yanagihara R: Co-circulation of soricid- and talpid-borne hantaviruses in Poland

Gu S H, Mukesh K, Sikorska B, Hejduk J, Markowski J, Markowski M, Liberski P P, Yanagihara R: Isolation of a highly divergent hantavirus from the European mole (Talpa europaea) in Poland

Khabarova L, Ivanova Y, Poddubnaya N, Kupetskaya A, Penkova Y: Mercury in organs of common shrews (Sorex araneus) from Cherepovets (Vologda region, Russia)

Köhler D: On reproductive behaviour of Neomys fodiens (Soricidae)

Kornienko S, Binkien? R: Cestodes of the Holarctic shrews

Kowalski K, Rychlik L: Predation by the Eurasian water shrew (Neomys fodiens) on prey with different body size

Michalski A, Turlejski K: The method of assessing fine locomotive patterns of the common shrew in the open field behavioural test

Neves T, Tapisso J T, Porto M, Pereira H M, Mathias M da L, Borda-de-Água L: Understanding the global distribution of the two major Soricidae subfamilies, Soricinae and Crocidurinae

Nováková L, Vohralík V: Intrapopulation skull variability of the common shrew (Sorex araneus) in the South Bohemia

Poddubnaya N, Kolomiytsev N: Population dynamics of insectivorous mammals and factors determining them in the southern Sikhote-Alin

Przybył M, Kolenda K, Piłacińska B, Rychlik L: Survey of discarded bottles more effective than short-term trapping in detection of the diversity of shrews and rodents

Sycheva V, Orlov V, Agadjanyan A: Pleistocene shrews of the genus Sorex (Soricidae, Lipotyphla) from the Michailovka-5 locality, Russia

Sycheva V, Shchipanov N: Using geometric morphometry to determine the hierarchical structure of the common shrew

Tumasian P, Ilchenko O, Vakhrusheva G: Demographic characteristics of the captive population of piebald shrew (Diplomesodon pulchellum)

Volpert Y, Shadrina E: New data on distribution of insectivorous mammals on the territory of Yakutia (north-eastern Asia)

von Merten S, Kret A, Rychlik L: Bold in the city! Urban shrews show a more bold personality than rural ones

Here you can see The Preliminary timetable.

Please remember that the language of the conference will be English.

Oral presentations

Tentatively we plan the duration of plenary presentations lectures for 30 minutes + 10 minutes for questions and other talks for 15+5 minutes. There will be the usual equipment for lectures available – PC with installed MS Office. Please use PowerPoint MS for your lecture. Please contact us if you need any other special software.


Posters of size 70 × 100 cm (portrait) will be temporarily attached by drawing pin or staples or glued on boards and poster stands.

Department of Systematic Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University

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